Category Archives: POLITICS

Huge ransom payment funding Iranian military

On Thursday, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and 17 of his colleagues sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Joseph Dunford regarding their recent testimony in a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing. The senators raise serious concerns regarding the Obama Administration’s failure to notify top United States military officials about its $1.7 billion cash ransom payment to the Islamic Republic of Iran, which is designated by the State Department as a state sponsor of terrorism. Following reports that Iran has funneled this money int…

Efforts to remove NC GOP Chairman Harnett intensify

Grassroots vs. Establishment to lock horns Saturday By Hal James and Raynor James | Members NC GOP Executive Committee Hasan Harnett POLITICAL LANDSCAPE — Rumors and reports about infighting among members the North Carolina Republican Party continue to swirl. This is with good cause because that is exactly what is happening! Would you like to hear what is going on from the perspective of a husband and wife team who are both members of the NC GOP Executive Committee? Then you’ve come to the right place. First, let us tell you why we’re willing to publicly share “ins…

Democratic nominee for Governor wants UNC-CH to boycott Final Four

HOUSTON, TX — Dallas Woodhouse, NCGOP Executive Director, issued the following statement Monday in response to Roy Cooper’s demand that the UNC men’s basketball team boycott the NCAA Final Four because “61 percent of Houston’s residents are ignorant bigots” for voting to overturn a city council ordinance like Charlotte’s that allowed men into women’s bathrooms: “We still can’t figure out why Roy Cooper so desperately wants men to use women’s locker rooms and bathrooms but calling for UNC’s basketb…

Trump campaigns in Carolinas

Trump wowed a Chamber of Commerce crowd last week in Greenville, S.C. By Mike Causey GREENVILLE, S.C. — Donald Trump is bringing an excitement and enthusiasm to the 2016 Presidential race like no other conservative candidate has done since Ronald Reagan. Donald Trump gets it. He connects with the people. Last week, in Greenville, S.C., Trump mesmerized an overflow crowd of approximately 1800 people at the Upstate Chamber of Commerce Coalition Luncheon. He received thunderous applause and several standing ovations. As is his custom, Trump did not mince words during his public rema…

‘Words no longer have meaning’

Editor’s note: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia makes such a compelling case that this newspaper has opted to print his 7,000-word dissent in its entirety. We are doing so in two parts, with the second installment to appear in our July 9 issue. Phrases that appear in bold italics are the editor’s attempt to make the jurist’s dissent more easily understood by casual readers. Antonin Scalia WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Court holds that when the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act says “Exchange established by the State” it means “Exchange established by the Stat…

Isaac Taylor House offers ideal backdrop for Governor’s visit

By Lisa E. Bernett Staff Writer Vicki Vitale, center, co-owner of Fine Arts at Baxters in downtown New Bern, enjoys a photo opportunity with Susan Kluttz, Secretary of Cultural Resources for the state, and Gov. Pat McCrory. NEW BERN – North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, on a quest to preserve the state’s Historic Tax Credit Program, chose a preserved landmark last week – the Isaac Taylor House in downtown New Bern – as the perfect setting for his message that incentives of this sort make good economic sense. Although the program lapsed at the end of 2014, McCrory operatives are feverishly…

A defense of profiling!

ISIS threat continuation of trend Special to the County Compass A screener with the Transportation Security Agency checks the ID of a passenger at LaGuardia International Airport in New York City. In 1968, Bobby Kennedy was shot and killed by a Muslim male. 2. In 1972 at the Munich Olympics, athletes were kidnapped and massacred by Muslim males. 3. In 1972 a Pan Am 747 was hijacked and eventually diverted to Cairo where a fuse was lit on final approach, to be blown up shortly after landing by Muslim males 4. In 1973 a Pan Am 707 was destroyed in Rome, with 33 people killed, when it was att…

Board blessed candidates win in Fairfield Harbour

By Penny Zibula | Staff Writer FAIRFIELD HARBOUR – Wednesday night, a crowded firehouse of Annual Meeting attendees found out who will fill the three open seats on the Fairfield Harbour Property Owners Association Board of Directors for the next three years. Six candidates ran for the three seats: Three were heavily promoted by the current Board of Directors, while three ran on individual platforms of change and transparency. The candidates: Ken Caviston, Dan Englehaupt, Sharon Henke, Simon Lock, Jim Scallion and Joe Schulties wooed the property owners for several weeks, but, as the co…

Three open seats, six candidates, one question

By Penny Zibula | Staff Writer FAIRFIELD HARBOUR – This year, three seats on Fairfield Harbour’s seven-member Board of Directors are being hotly contested. Sharon Henke is seeking a second term. Joe Schulties is running for the first time, having completed Wayne Smith’s term after his seat was vacated earlier this year. Ken Caviston, Dan Englehaupt, Simon Lock, and Jim Scalion are all new contenders. Following two consecutive terms, Paul Hill is rotating off the board of directors. For the fourth consecutive year, The County Compass has offered each candidate the opportunity…

TEA Party fighting Establishment GOP

Election official in Beaufort County gets caught in crossfire Special to the County Compass BEAUFORT COUNTY – The current N.C. Board of Elections says it does not want the public to perceive local boards as favoring one political candidate over another. To make this point, it recently removed a local board member, Delma Blinson, in Beaufort County.  The State Board of Elections is determined that local election officials not participate in the political process. But, that is an impossible task, and it would be illegal if they were able to do so. The State Board of Elections is a political b…